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Consciousness of FBI Ghostreading Fills a Deep and Characteristic Vein of African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part argues that Afro-modernist literature “pre-responded” to FBI inspection, internalizing the likelihood of Bureau ghostreading and publicizing its implications with growing bluntness and ... More


Introduction

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter first discusses the FBI's surveillance African American writers and imitation of black prose as part of its struggle against African American protest. It argues that unlike ... More


F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J. Edgar Hoover's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). But behind the scenes, the FBI's hostility to black protest was ... More


Constructive Engagements

Stéphane Robolin

in Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African American and South African Writing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039478
eISBN:
9780252097584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039478.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers the outcomes of some interactions among black South African and African American writers discussed in preceding chapters, but “updated” here in the context of the 1980s. It ... More


“How did they pick John Doe?”: Memory, Memorial, and the African American Great War

Mark Whalan

in The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032061
eISBN:
9780813039015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032061.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses the racial politics of remembering the Great War. In the 1920s, the intersection of race and remembering was bitterly contested. The chapter focuses on the interest of many ... More


“Civilization has met its Waterloo” The Great War, Race, and the Canon

Mark Whalan

in The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032061
eISBN:
9780813039015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032061.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses the initial responses of African American writers and intellectuals regarding the war. These writers, who were often subject to the severe circumscriptions of wartime sedition ... More


The New Negro (1923–1926)

James Davis

in Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157841
eISBN:
9780231538619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157841.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses the advancement of Walrond's career into mainstream literature, due both to white patronage and the extensive support of the Negro community. The New Negro movement had played ... More


Perspectives on Percival Everett

Keith B. Mitchell and Robin G. Vander (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036828
eISBN:
9781617036835
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036828.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Percival Everett writes novels, short stories, poetry, and essays, and is one of the most prolific, acclaimed, yet under-examined African-American writers working today. Although to date, Everett has ... More


Deconstructing White Ways of Seeing: Interracial-Conflict Films and College-Student Viewers

Kimberly Chabot Davis

in Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038433
eISBN:
9780252096310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038433.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter turns to the medium of film and a different demographic group and reception context: the college classroom. It analyzes the responses of college students to two films about interracial ... More


Introduction African American Atheism: A Cause for Hope

Michael Lackey

in African American Atheists and Political Liberation: A Study of the Sociocultural Dynamics of Faith

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030357
eISBN:
9780813039459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030357.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book contains observations about belief in God and religious communities. It examines the atheist African American writers who challenged the God concept as a breeding ground for racism and ... More


Radical Baldwin and the FBI: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Power

Douglas Field

in All Those Strangers: The Art and Lives of James Baldwin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199384150
eISBN:
9780199384181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384150.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 2 begins with an analysis of Baldwin’s substantial FBI files in order to raise several related points. Why did the Bureau monitor Baldwin so closely? What can his files tell us about Baldwin ... More


Lonely Crusaders, Part I

Alan M. Wald

in American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835869
eISBN:
9781469601502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837344_wald.9
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on three African American writers of the Depression generation: Chester Himes, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. Their respective Communist autobiographies—The Lonely Crusade ... More


Taking Possession of the Images: African American Writers and the Cinema

in Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312120
eISBN:
9781846315190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315190.012
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the problems encountered by African American writers such as Oscar Micheaux, Zora Hurston, and Richard Wright in cultural representation. At the beginning of the twentieth ... More


A Bird of a Different Feather: Blues, Jazz, and the Difficult Journey to the Self in Percival Everett’s Suder

Uzzie Cannon

in Perspectives on Percival Everett

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036828
eISBN:
9781617036835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036828.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter describes how the recent critical interest in Percival Everett’s literary contribution focuses on the author’s seemingly easy ability to move beyond race in his novels. Everett ... More


It Don’t Mean a Thing: The Blues Mask of Modernism

Kevin Young

in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031564
eISBN:
9781617031571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The rise of modernism coincided with the emergence and reach of the blues. This chapter explores the influence of blues music on modernism, focusing on the importance, intricacies, and intimacies of ... More


From Black Belt to Bronzeville

Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

in Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago's Literary Landscape

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037825
eISBN:
9780252095108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter traces the complex interplay of race, geography, and cultural criticism that permeated the Renaissance as a whole. Beginning with the categorization of the neighborhood as the Black Belt ... More


Hustlers in the House of Literature: Julian Mayfield, Chester Himes, and the Black Literary Ghetto

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines African American literature in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. It analyzes the overlooked works of Julian Mayfield and Chester Himes and provides new insights into the ... More


Outside the Frontier Club

Christine Bold

in The Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731794
eISBN:
9780199332441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731794.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 19th Century

Chapter Six addresses the popularization of the West at the turn of the twentieth century by more marginalized voices. Examples range across Indigenous performers and writers—including Princess ... More


“If I Can Only Get It Funny!”: Chester Himes’s Parodic Protest Novels

Stephanie Brown

in The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739732
eISBN:
9781604739749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Chester Himes, an African American writer who had a contentious relationship with the genre of the African American protest novel. The critical assessment of his first novel ... More


Introduction

Tracie Church Guzzio

in All Stories Are True: History, Myth, and Trauma in the Work of John Edgar Wideman

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030048
eISBN:
9781617030055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030048.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book focuses on John Edgar Wideman, whose contribution to African American literary scholarship, despite its tremendous growth, has been largely neglected in comparison to other writers. Keith ... More


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